Proposed citywide amendment - Major amendment package K

Brisbane is a great place to live, work and relax. To ensure our friendly and liveable city continues to thrive and Brisbane City Plan 2014 (City Plan) remains effective and up-to-date, Brisbane City Council is proposing amendments to some of its citywide provisions with Major amendment package K.

Have your say on the proposed amendment by Monday, 9 August 2021.

Through amendments to City Plan, Council ensures planning decisions continue to reflect principles developed with community input, including protecting our city’s backyards and unique character, and creating and protecting greenspace.

The proposed amendments include changes across a range of citywide provisions, including:

  • zone changes
  • overlay changes
  • industry changes
  • park changes
  • heritage changes
  • planning scheme policy changes.

This proposed Major amendment package K is following the ‘major amendment’ process outlined in the Queensland Government’s Minister’s Guidelines and Rules.

Proposed changes

The changes proposed to City Plan under Major amendment package K are summarised below.

The full details of the proposed amendment can be found on City Plan online and the details of zone and overlay mapping changes can be found in the schedule of amendments (Word - 87kb).

Zone changes

The proposed zone changes include:

From Emerging community zone to Low density residential zone and application of the Dwelling house character overlay

These proposed zone changes will give effect to Brisbane’s Future Blueprint action “Audit Emerging Community land and rezone to Low density residential land where appropriate”.

The properties relevant to this proposed change were identified through a suite of selection criteria to ensure their appropriateness to be rezoned to Low density residential.

The Low density residential zone code is also being amended to include provisions to require a structure plan to be prepared for development of low density residential zone land where on a site which is more than 7000m2.

Zone changes to properties purchased by Council through the Bushland Acquisition Program

The proposed amendment includes rezoning properties which have been acquired through Council’s Bushland Acquisition Program. The Bushland Acquisition Program purchases and protects properties with significant environmental value in Brisbane.

The majority of acquired bushland properties are managed as conservation reserves and are proposed to be included in the Conservation zone. Some acquired bushland properties are located within urban park corridors and are proposed to be included in the Open space zone.

The proposed changes will give effect to Brisbane’s Future Blueprint to “Protect and increase Brisbane’s natural habitat from 37% to 40% by 2031”.

Overlay changes

The proposed changes to overlays include:

  • Commercial character building overlay – additions and removal of properties in response to further investigations
  • Dwelling house character overlay – additions and removals to reflect proposed changes to zoning
  • Pre-1911 building overlay – removal of a property where the age of the building has been identified as after 1911
  • Significant landscape tree overlay – addition of significant landscape trees to reflect Vegetation Protection Orders under the Natural Asset Local Law. There are also changes to the Significant landscape tree overlay code to outline the significant trees being added
  • Streetscape hierarchy overlay – to align nominated footpath widths with the adjacent Low-medium density residential zone precincts and allow for suitable transition in footpath widths between the residential zones
  • Traditional building character overlay – removal of properties that are already located in the Commercial character building overlay.

Industry changes

The proposed changes give effect to actions 1, 2, 3, 6 and 8 from the Brisbane Industrial Strategy 2019, to strengthen City Plan provisions protecting industrial zoned land, while also providing a more flexible approach to land use outcomes in different Industry zones. Proposed changes include: 

  • support warehouse uses in the General industry C zone precinct within the Australia TradeCoast and South West Industrial Gateway Major Industrial Areas, where uses are for logistics or a distribution centre, subject to meeting the appropriate thresholds
  • support appropriate non-industrial uses in the Low impact industry and General industry A zone precincts that meet the specific needs of workers and enhance the function of industrial areas
  • support research and technology industry uses to facilitate the evolution of advanced manufacturing in the Mixed use zone
  • aligning car parking rates with contemporary employment densities, technologies and increasing hours of operation
  • updates to the Strategic framework to reinforce and reflect action 8 of the Brisbane Industrial Strategy 2019.

Council is reviewing the Brisbane Industrial Strategy 2019 to ensure it meets the needs of the city. The draft strategy document is open for community consultation now until 16 August 2021.

Find out more and have your say

Please note, the identified actions that make up Major amendment package K are not impacted by this review.

Park changes

The proposed changes will modify various parts of City Plan to streamline the delivery of public parks by Council where appropriate, by updating the Prescribed accepted development table,  the Biodiversity areas, Coastal hazard, Flood and Street hierarchy overlay tables of assessment, the Flood and Streetscape hierarchy overlay codes, the Park code and the Infrastructure design planning scheme policy.

Heritage changes

The proposed changes include updates to the Heritage overlay code to clarify the intent and application of performance, and the Heritage planning scheme policy to reference guidance on how to prepare a Conservation Management Plan.

An update to the tables of assessment (Categories of development and assessment – Overlays) for the Heritage overlay is also proposed to remove the reference for State heritage places to be assessed by Brisbane City Council, in line with the Planning Regulation 2017.

Planning scheme policy changes

The proposed changes to planning scheme policies include:

Heritage planning scheme policy

  • Updated guidelines for preparing a Conservation Management Plan, and guidelines for the archival recording of Local heritage places.

Infrastructure design planning scheme policy

  • Changes to support best practice construction standards and to align with the Streetscape hierarchy overlay for streetscapes adjoining the Low-medium density residential zone.
  • Stormwater amendments to update and clarify planning, design and construction methods for stormwater drainage.
  • Inclusion of six new Brisbane standard drawings for traffic signal post mounted CCTV boxes, bicycle kerb ramps, bicycle direction arrows, community notice boards, attribution stands and tree grates.

Brisbane standard drawings

4000 series - Traffic signals and intelligent transport systems

This category contains standard drawings for traffic signals and intelligent transport systems.

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5000 series - Pedestrian and cyclist facilities

This category includes standard drawings for pedestrian and cyclist facilities.

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7000 series - Fences, barriers and public furniture

This category contains standard drawings for fences, noise barriers, entrance barriers, vehicle access and seating.

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9000 series - Streetscape and landscape

This category includes standard drawings for streetscape planting and landscaping.

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Transport, access, parking and servicing planning scheme policy

  • Inclusion of a standard for warehouse uses to align car parking rates with contemporary employment densities, technologies and increased hours of operation.

Major amendment package K mapping

How to have your say

Now is the time to have your say about the proposed changes. Written submissions are open now until 11:59pm, Monday 9 August 2021.

You can download a copy of the public notice:

Before having your say, you should view the proposed changes in City Plan online.

To be formally considered by Council, submissions must be properly made.

A properly made submission must:

  • be in writing
  • state what you support or do not support in the proposed package and why
  • include the name and address of each person who is listed as supporting the submission
  • include the signature of each person (when sending by post)
  • include your phone number and/or email address if you are happy for Council to contact you for further information.

Submissions can be sent to Council by the following methods:

  • make a submission in City Plan online. Click the ‘submissions’ button on the homepage to begin. For guidance on how to use City Plan online, please refer to the supporting information
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Strategic Planning
    City Planning and Economic Development
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane QLD 4001.

Following the submission review period, Council will write to everyone who has made a properly made submission on the proposed changes and will publish a copy of the consultation report online.

Talk to a Planner sessions

If you would like to talk to a Council planner about the proposed amendment, you can book an appointment to talk to a planner at one of our upcoming information sessions.

Please note that sessions are informal and there will not be a presentation by Council at the session. Bookings are required. Please select a session below to make a booking. 


Table of project milestones
19 November 2019 Council proposed to amend City Plan
December 2019 - April 2020 Queensland Government review
12 July - 9 August 2021 Public consultation including an opportunity to have your say on the proposed changes
Late 2021 Queensland Government approval to adopt and Council adoption and gazettal

Other City Plan amendments

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More information

For more information about the proposed major amendment to City Plan, you can:

  • email the project team
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888
  • write to:
    Strategic Planning
    City Planning and Economic Development
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane QLD 4001.
Last updated: 15 July 2021